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Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on October 8, 2011

Every year, our family attends the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. We love eating our way around World Showcase and sampling new dishes. This experience comes with a price tag, though. With our annual passes, we bypass the daily park admission and parking fees. For three of us this year, we spent just over $70 in cash for our food samples and drinks.

Epcot Welcome sign          Daisy and Donald

cranberry exhibit

Cranberry Exhibit

We started to the left toward Mexico as is our usual pattern. We stopped first at Argentina for the grilled beef skewer with Chimichurri sauce and Boniato Puree for $5 a portion and the beef empanada for $3.75. I thought the meat on the skewer was a bit chewy but I enjoyed the puree that tasted like mashed potatoes with pesto sauce. Still smacking my lips, I paused at the Caribbean venue while my husband and son each got a ropa vieja braised beef with white rice for $3.50 and a jerk spiced chicken drumstick with mango salsa for $3.25. One of us at Mexico next got the crispy shrimp taco for $4.95.

Brazil

Caribbean

At Scandinavia, I couldn’t pass up the Swedish meatballs with Lingonberries for $3.50. Very yummy, especially the gravy. I would make these at home. At South Africa, the seared filet of beef with smashed sweet potatotes was delish. Our son had a sweet treat next, the apple strudel with vanilla sauce at Germany for $3.25.

Scandinavia

South Korea

South Africa

Beef Filet and Sweet Potato Mash

But by far, the best dessert ever that I’ve tasted was the pumpkin mousse with Craisins and orange sauce in a mini dessert glass at the American pavilion. For only $1.50, this dish was reason enough for me to attend the festival. If the recipe had been in the festival cookbook, I’d have bought it. Um, um. This treat about spoiled me for anything else, though, and I didn’t have a big appetite today.

pumpkin mousse

Pumpkin Mousse

The men got the popular Belgian waffle with berry compote and whipped cream at Belgium for $3.00 each. My men could eat more, though, so they went for the chicken souvlaki and the Greek salad at Greece, for $4.25 and $3.00 respectively.

souvlaki

Greek Souvlaki

Belgium

Belgium is popular

Hawaii Menu

Menu at Hawaii

Now we needed to walk off those calories and get cooled off, so we headed for the Captain E-O 3D attraction starring Michael Jackson in a sci fi music video at the Imagination pavilion. It’s still one of my favorites at this park and always leaves you with a happy feeling.

Inside one of the Innovations buildings, we entered the House of Innoventions where cool futuristic technology is on display. I liked the Numi Toilet that opens and closes the seat automatically depending on which way you face it, the LiftMatic Oven by Siemens that mounts up on a wall. Instead of bending down to put a baking pan on the shelf, you simply place your pan on a shelf that lowers from above automatically. We admired the other fabulous furnishings and utilities, like the Atmospheric Water Collector and the water Heat X-changer.

Then we returned to World Showcase and the Brazil station where my guys ordered the seared mahi mahi with steamed rice, hearts of palm and coconut-lime sauce for $4.50 per portion. I was still too full to eat more, so I passed. Clearly, another visit is in order so I can taste my way around the rest of the worlds. World Showcase, unlike the rest of the Epcot, opens at 11am and gets more crowded throughout the afternoon. If you’ve attended the festival, what are some of your favorite dishes?

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3 Responses to “Epcot Food & Wine Festival”

  1. Looks like you had a perfectly beautiful day for it, too. Everything looks yummy and is making me hungry!

  2. Jeanne Meeks - said

    Yum. Sounds like a great trip. Never heard of Disney hosting a food and wine festival. Cool.

  3. The weather was perfect, we lucked out that it wasn’t too hot. And we go early before the crush of people gets to be too much. Jeanne, there are other events along with the tastings. They have wine dinners and demos too, for an extra cost of course.

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